Jesse McCartney and Jackson Rathbone Among 'The Last Airbender' Cast


Jesse McCartney and Jackson Rathbone Among 'The Last Airbender' Cast


Pop singer Jesse McCartney is in talks to join the ensemble, and the Jasper Hale of 'Twilight', Jackson Rathbone, allegedly has been asked to play Aang's friend, Sokka, in 'The Last Airbender'.

Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan has reportedly found his cast ensemble for "The Last Airbender". In a casting report, Entertainment Weekly claimed that Jesse McCartney and Jackson Rathbone's names have popped out in the cast ensemble list for the live-action adaptation of animation series "Avatar: The Last Airbender".

While McCartney, the "Leavin'" singer who voiced JoJo in "Horton Hears a Who!", has been said to still be in negotiation for the role of Zuko, the Fire Nation's evil prince, Rathbone, who recently appeared as Jasper Hale in "Twilight", is lined-up to be Aang's pal named Sokka. Joining them are Noah Ringer who may take the main character, Aang, and Nicola Peltz who will star as Sokka's sister, Katara.

To be differentiated from James Cameron's "Avatar", "The Last Airbender" has dropped "Avatar" from its title. It tells the story of the successor to a long line of Avatars who must put aside his irresponsible ways and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations. The Paramount Pictures film eyes to hit U.S. theaters on July 2, 2010.

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    adrianamarie
    Feb 03, 2011

    so what going on?I sure hope you have jackson rath bone in the new airbender movie,i saw him on criminal minds and he was so amazing ,you guys would be so bless to have Jackson so please use him for this movie he did a great job in the last airbender movie .adriana

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    JUSTshutup
    Aug 30, 2010

    Who care?

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    rosejj
    Jul 23, 2010

    jessemccartney but love you

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    rosejj
    Jul 23, 2010

    jesse mccartney aaron carter my girl

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    Ray
    May 03, 2010

    I don't really mind changing the ethnicity of the characters but I just don't understand why Hollywood cast all the lead heros as European descendants and the villains are all minorities considering that Sokka and Katara are brown skin in the cartoon wearing Native American clothing and Aang is bald with martial skills. Even the creators have said Sokka and Katara are of Inuit descent and the intro to the animated show has Chinese writing and martial arts. This is obviously mostly a Pan Asian fantasy inspired show.

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    cactusjuice
    Mar 21, 2010

    great jackson rathbone as my favorite character and mccartny as zuko my second fave charater...dont get wrong i love rathbone in twilight hes perfect in it but avatar..? come on... and mcartney as zuko...? ermm its just so not what i excpected i dont really wanna see the movie now ... knowing my favorite characters are theses guys dont be mad at me though this is my opinion...id rather stick to my cartoonized version...im gonna miss that series its too bad its over. and too bad the cant put avatar in the title hope they have a nice appa and momo and maybe a suki.

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    Ida flicka
    Mar 04, 2010

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    PF
    Jan 23, 2010

    LOVE JACKSON RATHBONE! LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM LOVE HIM!

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    roll_with_life
    Dec 14, 2009

    alrighty guys...got bored so I decided hey what else better to do then give this page the third party opinion I really liked what lexie303 had to say cuz I mean guys really we gonna argue about the race of this movie? it is a freaking show just meant to entertain you for a little while then it ends then you watch the next epidsode or wait for the next movie(cuz let's face it can hollywood really make a movie without a sequel anymore?) to come out...are we seriously going to sit here and argue over the race?? it is a movie it isn't going to be exact anyways so obviously we need to stop caring and roll with life...they aren't trying to push the damn movie down your throat(okay well with advertising these days sort of but besides that) if you don't like it don't go watch it stay at home and watch the series I mean anyone who has ever seen the series already knows what happens so why even freak out...the movie is to bring a new spin on it give the audience something new...the characters will be the same whatever race they happen to be, hell they could aliens from another planet if they can act hire them hell idc it is not the color of the skin it is the skills of the actors and hollywood to pull it off so anyways this is what we all need to do...stop complaining(this includes me), get on with life, wait for the movie(which may or may not be good) and roll with life...

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    UKME
    Dec 01, 2009

    ok here we go again, and again and again. Same old carp. And yes i am the worst speller in the world. i am like everyone else i think i'm the biggest Avatar fan. And i have always hope that one day someone will come along and make the movie. But when i heard who was making the movie, i knew exactly what race too expect was going to end up being the main characters. And yes i was right and as a Fan of Avatar, i am very disapointed to the point of not caring anymore, except for who is playing Aang. And NO i am not racist. I am just a true FAN, and like all of you i want to see this rich, facinating, well develope script come alive on the big screem. And to think i read what some of you wrote that it can't be an all asian movie. People! People! let's not forget some of the other famous movies what race where the main charaters eg. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings to name a few. ok, ok i know that this is long. one last thing. This is the 20TH centrey, Why cann't those whose race we see every time we turn on our tv, step aside, and give fame to some one else. IT IS TIME, and there is beauty and talent in all races, we just have to believe and give others a change.

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    the rebel (again)
    Sep 29, 2009

    my typing is messd up i typed it fast so it may sound wierd woops lol

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    the rebel
    Sep 29, 2009

    everyone here is freakn idiots its an amercanized anime so theres no such thing as a fing race in the "cartoon" so theres no white or asain there called fire nathion and water nation people thats there RACE DUMBASSES!!! seriously fucking idiots!!! its CARTOON no such thing as race!!!! if you think it should be all white or azn then ur fing racist so shut the hell up with oh there azn on the cuz there not just because they have the eyes like the other jap shows doesnt mean they you people are annoying with this crap yall did the samething with dragonball goku is not azn hes a damn SAIYAN!! so people theres no such things as RACE in freaking ANIME!!!! people damn. @!#!#@!#!!!

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    Me!
    Aug 16, 2009

    Umm so is toph going to be in this film? Cuz she is like the best charcter of the series we NEED HER!

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    sharingan123
    Jul 30, 2009

    GUYS FOR GOD SAKE!! this is sooo old! jesse isn't playing zuko anymore coz his music tour clashed with the filming. IM SOOOO ANNOYED THOUGH!! i thought he wood hav bn an awesome zuko!!! but its now Dev Patel who was in slumdog millionaire so he should be good too!

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    lalala
    Jul 19, 2009

    u r all so mean i am ten and i wanna see it u all r like hurting my feelings u guys r prob teenagers sumthin but i no hoo wants to watch KIDS so shut up

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    esra
    Jun 12, 2009

    I have a crush on jackson.I love jackson so much.and ı think sokka will be good

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    errr.....
    Jun 05, 2009

    could you people stop and think for a second? i hate this show anyway, ive nva seen an episode and i nva wantED to-until now. maby what theyre trying to do with this cast is to suck in people- like me- with actors they like to make them actually WANT to see this and get more ratings. ***** *5 STARS 4 JACKSON RATHBONE* ♥

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    Jessica
    May 24, 2009

    i hope jesse gets there

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    mi\'kmaqvision
    May 15, 2009

    Okay ppl, seriously, u should all be aware that this movie will be screwed up. Whether the cast is all Asian, white, black, blue, green, or mixed. What cartoon turned movie can u name that turned out well with ppl cast correctly? Thats my point, none. So, as always we all need to just separate ourselves from the amazingness of the real avatar and pretend this movie is in its on realm.

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    WillEarthbendIfProvo
    May 10, 2009

    Will you people stop being so freaking racist??? How would you like it if you made avatar all asian and no white people (who make up half the country) were dissing your movie? An all-asian OR all-white or all-the-same cast would suck! This is AMERICA people! It needs divercity! Aang's asian, some people are white, and i think they're going to add some african-americans in somewhere! JM will be a great zuko(with some hair dye) and jackson will do a perfect sokka. have a little faith in this movie, will ya?

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    McFatYUMMMY
    Mar 21, 2009

    HAVE SOME CHEESE

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    mystiq
    Jan 30, 2009

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    Jacksonrathbonerocks
    Jan 26, 2009

    ok you guys really need to stop freaking out about Jesse McCartney playing Zuko. You never know he might be able to pull off the bad boy image zuko has. Jesse's acting skill are pretty good he can pull it off!! as for jackson playing sokka i think he would be perfect. he can tottaly pull off the non bending worrior sokka is in the series. one last thing who is this Noah Ringer?? i have never heard of her. if shes going to play Aang we are going to need some background info!!!

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    JesseMcCartney
    Jan 15, 2009

    you never know i might get the role of prince zuko and i might not we'll just wait and see.

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    ILOVEJESSEMCCARTNEY!
    Jan 15, 2009

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY I LOVE JESSE MCCARTNEY ILL WATCH ANYTHING HE'S IN HE'S SOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT!!!!!!!!!!!

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    jasper\'s girl
    Jan 14, 2009

    PLEASE make the movie i am begging you!! I love both these actors and it would be a dream come true to see avatar become a movie with two amazing actors. I could seriously not beg you enough PLEASE!! T^T

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    erika
    Jan 13, 2009

    please don't do the movie!!!! don't! is just wrong, i honestly don't think it's going to be a hit (rmmbr speed racer).... i love jesse and don't make me go on jackson (i love him!) the movie is a mistake but well i'll see it anywya hahah :P

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    Amm
    Jan 10, 2009

    jesse is a good actor so no worries about zuko if u doubt that he is checkout his movie keith he is awesome

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    [Darkrai]
    Jan 09, 2009

    Wut? Zuko is going to be played as Jesse McLame? He better be wearing a wig... >.<

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    Blue Roxs
    Jan 07, 2009

    Also i hate 2 admit it but i can c JM as a preety ood Zuko!! even tough i hate him and his music!!!!

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    Blue Roxs
    Jan 07, 2009

    k when ppl say they DON'T like the cast of thi movie it dosent mean their racist!!!also the whole castexcept maybe th Ringer dude suck!!! This movie is goin 2 reek nd u all know it!! just keep sending letters 2 paramount or nick if u have aproblem with it! Hint:I HATE THE CAST 2!!!!

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    ....No one cares
    Jan 07, 2009

    McCartney Really?

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    Someone21
    Jan 04, 2009

    I would like to see this. This is going to burn horrible. An animation should stay an animation, unless they can come up with a good way to bring it to real life. As this is an asian show, but do you see any asians. Look at transformers that pretty good, but this is going to fail like a fat guy trying to get Britney Spears. PHAIL!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Vina
    Jan 04, 2009

    Nobody is saying this is the fault of the actors. But if they're going to put these kids in yellowface and have them try to play Asian characters, nothing will save them from the fallout come 2010.

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    Kataang7789
    Dec 29, 2008

    Shut up you stupid, racicst, idiot, may Azula be let out of the insane asylum to come kill you!!!

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    InterestingPerson
    Dec 29, 2008

    Uhmm...here's the thing...NO...I'm NOT trying to be racist. I love Jackson Rathbone to death b/c he's just one of the most amazing actors ever (even if I've only seen him in one movie in which he had about...err...one line perhaps??). I have no comment for Mr. McCartney. HOWEVER...Avatar IS...well...ASIANESQUE...with people who are....Asian? Maybe? I dunno. I just feel like it will kind of take away from the whole feel of the series....I wasn't too hot on the whole live action plot in the first place anyways. I don't feel like they're going to have a big enough budget to make the movie what it should be. I'm worried about the cheap effects and bad translation from tv-screen to theater-screen. I really hope this movie proves me wrong...even without Asian actors. Unfortunately, there aren't any young/talented/well-known Asian actors to fill the roles anyways...and this movie kinda needs some kids who are at least RELATIVELY known. oi.

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    goooo twilight! :D
    Dec 28, 2008

    ALL OF YOU FOOLS ARE JUST JEALOUS OF JACKSON'S IMMENSE HOTTNESSS. jackson's too good to be in some 'avatar' movie anywayy.

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    Dag987
    Dec 26, 2008

    I can see Jesse as Zuko too. I just really really hope he turns down the part. I thought Jackson was going to be aang!! That would be cool.

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    Team Edward
    Dec 25, 2008

    okay, people need to stop dissing Jackson Rathbone. Maybe the movie'll be good, maybe it wont. I have been iffy about the whole idea of Avatar being more than a cartoon from the start, so it's nice to have something to look forward to. As for Jessie McCartney... I just hope that he looks good with black hair and can have a MAJOR attitude. But Jackson is a good actor and I loved Twilight, he makes a good Jasper. And as for the whole Asian thing, it doesn't matter what a person's race is, as long as they portray the character like they are portrayed in the original series then the movie will turn out very good, everyone has different opinions of what a character should look and act lik, and this is the vision that M.NS. had so we just need to deal with it. PS: Jackson, my best friend is Team Jasper, lol.

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    someone
    Dec 23, 2008

    OMG! they have everything messed up!ZUKO IS ASIAN! i hope they dont actually do that! mccartney is blond for cryin out loud! i dont see him as zuko in any way whatsoever. i am hoping....PRAYING, that jesse mccartney doesnt ruin the part of zuko. after all, blond is like the opposite of black hair. I THINK PPL SHOULD BE ASIAN IN THIS MOVIE! sorry lemme repeat that: ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN. there, got it, shamlayn?

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    someone
    Dec 23, 2008

    OMG! they have everything messed up!ZUKO IS ASIAN! i hope they dont actually do that! mccartney is blond for cryin out loud! i dont see him as zuko in any way whatsoever. i am hoping....PRAYING, that jesse mccartney doesnt ruin the part of zuko. after all, blond is like the opposite of black hair. I THINK PPL SHOULD BE ASIAN IN THIS MOVIE! sorry lemme repeat that: ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN ASIAN. there, got it, shamlayn?

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    toph
    Dec 21, 2008

    I'm really exicted for both Jesse and Jackson; they are both great actors, so just give them the benefit of the doubt.

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    anon
    Dec 21, 2008

    the show is blantently asian!!!!!!!! Aang I can sort of get as white but no one else. And pretty boy Jesse Macartney as Zuko how do they expect that to work one hes white two hes a pretty boy Zuko is not a pretty boy he is dark and brooding sort of like a would of been sexy emo.

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    blah blah
    Dec 21, 2008

    people stop being so f###ing racest. who cares if there caucasian or asian or white or tanned or whatever. it doesnt matter what they look like as long as they can act...and jackson rathbone is an awsome actor

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    tammy
    Dec 18, 2008

    owhhh..i cant wait 4 thiz movie... i love avatar n jesse.. horreeeyy

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    zira_fire
    Dec 18, 2008

    you guys are totally right!!! How can they even think of cating avatar peole as non-asians!!!! TOTES WRONG!!!

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    lexie303
    Dec 18, 2008

    You know im just gonna keep a positive atittude about this and not get my hopes up to high. And until I start seeing promotional stuff like trailers and whatnot I won't judge the movie because it might be amazing and if jesse mccartney maybe a really good zuko. Just chill out people, what can we do. and if the movie sucks it sucks. And as for the race thing I don't really know what's goin on there but it may somehow work...i hope.

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    craziness
    Dec 17, 2008

    i can totally see jackson rathbone as sokka, but i have serious issues with JESSE MCCARTNEY of ALL people to play Zuko. Mostly, I agree with the general consensus of comments here-let's please not whitewash everything, Hollywood! I'm excited for this movie (i love avatar!), but definately nervous.

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    Lilo
    Dec 16, 2008

    O.O Jesse McCarthy as Zuko?! Um...that's not who I expected. Especially since now if they do the second season...Azula has to be Caucasian. They better not butcher the show.

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    cdav
    Dec 16, 2008

    we should all prolly send m.ns messages on myspace and/or facebook to complain. because no of these characters are white. and I would prefer if m.ns does screw up on of the greatest stories ever told.

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    idk
    Dec 16, 2008

    YOU PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT DISSING JASPER!!!!!

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    idk
    Dec 16, 2008

    YOU PEOPLE NEED TO QUIT DISSING JASPER!!!!!

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    King Bumi
    Dec 16, 2008

    "The Possessive Investment in Whiteness" strikes again! Hollywood manages to whitewash the best american animated series. Here is a quote from the author, Ursula LeGuin, "I think it is possible that a good many readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. Don't notice, maybe don't care. Whites of course have the privilege of not caring, of being 'colorblind.' Nobody else does."

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    Fatima
    Dec 14, 2008

    Nickelodeon and Paramount execs are screwing us in the butt. WHAT DO THEY THINK WE ARE? STUPID?

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    flares2
    Dec 14, 2008

    if zuko is played by a caucasian then iroh will have to be played by a caucasian, which makes absolutely no sense. iroh cannot be a caucasian. as for katara and sokka, i really don't mind them being caucasian as long as the majority of the water tribe is inuit-esque. in other words, not every in the water tribe needs to be inuit. a couple, like katara and sokka, can be caucasian. same with aang and the air nomads. i don't mind if aang is caucasian as long as the majority of the air nomads are asian. and obviously the most diversity can be found in earth kingdom. but toph is going to have to be asian. after all, her last name is Bei Fong. but again, zuko needs to be asian. and the majority of the fire nation should be asian. but jason isaacs, the voice actor for zhao, should play zhao in the live action movie. i think he would be good for the part.

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    King Bumi
    Dec 14, 2008

    "The Possessive Investment in Whiteness" strikes again! Hollywood manages to whitewash the best american animated series. Here is a quote from the author, Ursula LeGuin, "I think it is possible that a good many readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. Don't notice, maybe don't care. Whites of course have the privilege of not caring, of being 'colorblind.' Nobody else does."

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    larson
    Dec 14, 2008

    jesse mccartney..at first alittle worried..but just watched his movie "keith" and i must say hes gonna be a great zuko.. not sure about the other guy though =/

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    TwilightFan101
    Dec 13, 2008

    LOL. ROXAS=ZUKO. LOL.

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    What!!!
    Dec 13, 2008

    None of the characters in the animated show were caucasian. Air Nomads were Tibetan. Fire Nation were Japanese. Earth Kindom were Chineese. Water Tribe were Inuit. And once again Hollywood decides to make all the main characters caucasian. I'm just suprised that M. Night Shyamalan would sell out like that.

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    Belle-Teal
    Dec 13, 2008

    i agree with the others cause im pretty sure people from the Water Tribe are meant to be TANNED!!!!!!!!!!! Geez they must all be blind and don't get me wrong Rathbone is a good Jasper but probably not a good Sokka and seriously the others (mainly Zuko) should be Asian well that's what i think

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    Lala-Chan
    Dec 13, 2008

    I think they'll work it out. Rathbone's a good actor, so I think it will be good. We also have a while to get used to the idea, haha.

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    roxas
    Dec 12, 2008

    this is wrong!! the cast should be at least part asian and a WHITE Sokka?!? I just hope blondie jesse dosen't mess Zuko up. M.NS better make this as good as the series itself. Avatar fans are counting on you

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    angry676767
    Dec 12, 2008

    SOKKA AND KATARA ARE NOT WHITE!!!! ARE YOU PEOPLE BLIND?!?!??!? AND ZUKO IS ASIAN FOR GOSH SAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    memechoi
    Dec 12, 2008

    well, the way I thought the cast would be was, asians, and like aboriginal(sortof) people who were the water tribe people.

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    llllllllll
    Dec 11, 2008

    this movie is gonna SUCK!!!!!!!!

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    Emmasj
    Dec 11, 2008

    I think they'll both be great. I've been iffy about the movie from the start, so it's nice to have something to look forward to.

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    dantmanc124
    Dec 11, 2008

    i can see jessse as zuko, maybe with a little hair die tho, but i can not see sokka being played by that other guy! no way!

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    dantmanc124
    Dec 11, 2008

    i can see jessse as zuko, maybe with a little hair die tho, but i can not see sokka being played by that other guy! no way!

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